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Last tended on May 05, 2020

A growing collection of all my favourite Neologisms

Digital Prepper

Riffing off doomsday preppers, people who have seen so many centralised services shut down, they default to Open Source Softwareto prevent losing their data and system setups.

Brahmin Left

"The “left” has become the party of the intellectual elite (Brahmin left), while the “right” can be viewed as the party of the business elite (Merchant right). In India’s traditional caste system, upper castes were divided into Brahmins (priests, intellectuals) and Kshatryas/Vaishyas (warriors, merchants, tradesmen). To some extent the modern political conflict seems to follow this division."

From Thomas Piketty

Vegan Tourist

Temporary visitors in the land of Veganism. The person who just watched Cowspiracy on Netflix last week and now is all in. Often gone within a month or two.


Unsurprisingly unlucky conditions

Found in Plot Economics by Venkat Rao

Milk Toast

Vanilla, bland, flavourless Normie behaviour.

Someone might be Milk Toast if the primary features of their personality centre around liking avocados, watching Game of Thrones, and "travel"

Hospice Mode

The stage your when your phone / fitness tracker / laptop is in its final months and you're just prolonging its death through a series of coping techniques. Carrying around extra battery packs. Patiently giving it 10 minutes to restart. Resetting the system at regular intervals. Just give up.


Named for Steven Pinker - a common phenomenon among do-gooder elites who cite the long arc of human history in order to downplay and minimise any immediate suffering.

Another variety is Economic Pinkering which justifies any economic concerns by simply citing how many Chinese people have been lifted into the middle class.

From Anand Giridharadas' Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

Privacy Veganism

Unnecessarily shaming people who aren't willing to delete their Facebook account when it’s a functional necessity in their social context


“The braiding together of irony and sincerity (honesty) in a unified aesthetic expression.” - Greg Dember

From Anne-Laure Le Cunff's An introduction to metamodernism


Panel made up entirely of men. Usually honouring work done entirely by other men.


When someone reaches the tipping point of researching too much about the reality of our climate breakdown situation, and can now no longer function as a normal person in society.

The climate crisis version of Redpilling, Blackpilling, etc.


Dumping someone over Zoom. An unfortunate necessity in the life and times of COVID-19. Possibly due to a lack of Zex.


It's about them. And we all know it's about them. But you're not going to tag them or address them directly. The ultimate expression of digital passive aggression.

Yak Shaving

Embarking on a sequence of nested tasks to accomplish a goal, where each step seems logical and necessary in the moment, but becomes less and less linked to the original goal.

You set out to fix a broken image in your code, which leads to refactoring the image rendering function, which requires updating your npm packages, but first you need to plan this all out in Jira, and then install the latest version of Adobe Flash, and on and on in seemingly logical sequence until you find yourself in a zoo... shaving a yak.

Originally coined by Carlin J. Vieri
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